Câmara de Lobos, Portugal

  • City population: 
  • City/Urban area: 
  • Population Density: 
    More than 500 inhabitants per km²
  • GDP - country: 
    USD 19,223
  • Average number of years of schooling: 

“Agenda 21 Local”, the sea, the agriculture, the local economy, the tourism and the people

With almost 36,000 inhabitants, Câmara de Lobos is the second most populous municipality in Madeira. Agriculture, fishing and tourism defines Câmara de Lobos’s identity and reflects on the social image and economic development.

Vision and Motivation

The city believes that building a learning city will enable the city to develop innovative strategies for city development and increase citizens’ skills and competencies. With a big proportion of youth under 25 years old, inclusion, innovation and sustainability are seen as essential to improve citizens’ health and quality of life.

Challenges and Goals

The municipality of Câmara de Lobos faces various challenges related to public health, well-being and social inclusion. Another substantial challenge is the promotion of learning activities in a rural context, characterized by mountainous terrain and a population spread across four different towns. The city has encountered specific challenges in the following areas:

  • Economic development and cultural prosperity
  • Sustainability
  • Inclusive learning
  • Learning in families, communities and in the workplace
  • Creating a culture of learning
  • Resource mobilization and utilization

Plan and Implementation

By adopting the ‘Agenda 21 Local’ composed of 5 strategic points: sea, agriculture, local economy, tourism and the people, the city intends to promote

  • Economic and sustainable development
  • Social inclusion and equality
  • Mobilization of educational resources
  • Stimulate the culture of learning throughout life
  • Enhance citizens’ employability and innovative skills

Local committees are important structures to analyze and define city challenges and priorities. The city also promotes active citizenship by dialogue and sharing of experiences. Participatory social intervention program is intended to promote forums where people contribute and share opinions to define the guidelines of ‘Agenda 21 Local’.

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